Omaha Beach- Easy Green & Dog Red - June 06, 1944

Operation Neptune
Western Front By: Count Dooku - Last update: 09/06/2010
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x6 x5 x6
    first You play first


Historical Background:
The troops of the 1st and 29th divisions, of the 116th Infantry Regiment, mostly shared the view the beach on Normandy, dubbed Omaha by Operation Overlord planners, was going to be easy. After all, they had been assured that the Air Force was going to pulverize the German beach defenses hours before they were to land. And what the bombers missed, the Navy would get, in a second wave of fire that would end just as the first assault wave would hit the beach. On top of that, one month before the invasion, Allied Intellligence had reported that the scant fortifications were manned by understrength German units, and POWS of conquered countries. And even if they had heavier resistance than expected , craters would be left by the air and naval bombardments that would provide protection. Although the terrain (which was covered with bluffs) offered natural advantages to a defender the Americans could always count on their Tanks, which were scheduled to land before the first assault wave and would destroy any resistance remaining.

Unfortunately, when these soldiers arrived they were greeted by a completely different story. Due to bad weather, both Air and Naval bombardments had not been effective. The supposed understrength troops turned out to be battle hardened veterans from the eastern front. Their 'scant' fortifications consisted of 85 machine-gun nests, 38 rocket emplacements, 35 pillboxes...the list went on and on. The tanks had dropped off in deep water and of the 32 that had been dropped, only 5 made it ashore. These remaining were soon destroyed. Without tanks or shelter, the troops had but one grim advantage: they couldn't be shot down all at once. After 1 hour of fierce fighting several hundred finally mangaged to reach the bluffs. Without tanks to clear heavily fortified positions, they had nowhere to go. The first assault wave had been undeniably kept back.

As more troop and tanks poured in the Americans managed to break through the German defences. They swept up the gaps in the bluffs and engaged the German forces. At Easy Green and Dog Red the units were kept back and were forced to go around and capture them from behind. Although this beach assault was a victory, more than 2,000 American soldiers died at a landing they expected to be a walk-in

Briefing:
Axis Player: Take 6 command cards
Allied Player: Take 5 command cards
-Your move First

Conditions of Victory:
6 Medals
Les Moulins is a temporary medal objective for the Allied forces.

Special Rules:
The hills in this scenario are steep bluffs. It is a 2 hex move for infantry units. It is impassible for tanks.
For all Special Forces see MM'44

Scenario Bibliography:
Time Magazine- D-Day 60th Anniversary edition

Warning:
Please note that this scenario was not approved by Richard Borg or Days of Wonder, so you have to check yourself about playability, potential gaming issues, etc.

Set-up Order
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